£75 / night
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The Bothy at Balnaholish – Home 1394699 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The Bothy at Balnaholish – Home 1394699

  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 4
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 107 reviews

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


A charming, cosy, traditional farmer's cottage set in the quiet rural surroundings of North Antrim farmland. A wealth of oldie-worldy furnishings including exposed beams, feature fireplace and woodburner. The cottage offers comfortable accommodation for families or friends wishing to explore the Causeway Coast.First opened in March 2014 following an extensive renovation and conversion the Bothy recently featured in an article in 'Farm Week' which describes it as "a cottage of unusual appeal …. Fabrics and wall colours of pale pastel greens, subtle, soft light shades which merge with the atmospheric dimensions of this incredible building, don't overpower the senses yet leave one with the comfortable feeling of being immersed in a homely cottage ….. Each room is a journey into the dream world of relaxed charm and restfulness."The Bothy dates back to the 1700s but has recently been fully modernised whilst retaining all its original charm. The thick walls, modern insulation and central heating ensure that it is beautifully warm throughout the year whilst the fully equipped kitchen has an energy efficient oven/hob and appliances that are all A-rated or higher. Graded 4 star **** by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board the accommodation is all on the ground floor. There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with twin beds (or super king size). A bathroom with loo, bath and a sensational thermostatically controlled deluge shower! A living and dining room with a prominent chimney breast and heavy wooden shelf, beamed ceiling, wicker basket and stove. A long hall and fitted kitchen with pleasing design, colour schemes and all 'mod cons'.Oil central heating with woodburner in lounge. Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer, dishwasher, WIFI, TV, DVD, radio/CD, iPod docking station, library of books, games & DVDs, cot & highchair, hairdryer, fresh flowers and welcome pack of locally produced bread, preserves, fresh eggs, milk and butter. Bed linen, hand and bath towels are included along with all environmentally friendly bathroom and kitchen toiletries. A starter pack for our eco friendly wood burning stove is included together with oil fired central heating and electricity. Dogs and smoking are not allowed as we pride ourselves on keeping a healthy clean environment for people who may be sensitive to air pollution and allergies. There is a lawned garden and woodland. Patio with furniture and BBQ. There is ample lockable storage for bikes, golf clubs and surf boards.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Interaction with guest

We are thrilled you would like to come and stay in our little cottage and we like to be able to welcome our guests in person with the fire lit and the kettle on! In the unlikely event of not being able to do so, I will provide you with the key safe number. We are always on hand should you need us. Do come and explore our coast with its stunning views, returning at the end of the day to peace and tranquility in our little cottage. If you have any queries about your holiday please get in touch and I will do my best to help Warmest regards, April


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Smoking is allowed in the garden.

High chairs provided for children and travel cot on request

Arrival time must be confirmed in advance, the Cottage is available from 4pm and departure is before 10am.

Sorry we have a very strong no pets policy


About the owner

April S.
Average reply time:
2 hours 3 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
23 Jun 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 14 Feb 2014. Located in County Antrim, it has 107 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £418 to £686.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 23 Jun 2019.


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Guest reviews

107 reviews

Very Good

“Charming cottage in a tranquil setting”

Reviewed 25 May 2019

Me and my husband, Russ stayed for two nights as part of our 20th wedding anniversary celebrations. We arrived late due to an unscheduled flight change, but the owner, April could not have been more accommodating and friendly, and even lit the fire for us. Delicious cream tea with homemade scones and a generous breakfast pack including Irish wheaten bread meant we didn't even need to pick up any groceries. A celebratory card and bottle of bubbly was a lovely touch. The cottage is beautifully decorated and furnished, the bed comfy, and it is so peaceful sleep came easily. To make the most of our time and avoid the crowds, we rose at the crack of dawn to visit the Giant's Causeway and the Dark Hedges. Spectacular natural wonders. Authentic Irish pub fare and hospitality at the Diamond Bar and Bistro in Ballycastle, and a tour of Bushmill's Whiskey Distillery highly recommended. A stroll along the beautiful beach at White Park Bay and a visit to picturesque Ballintoy harbour a perfect end to a fabulous stay, and we were blessed with lovely sunshine. Thank you April for a fabulous base from which to enjoy Northern Ireland at its best.

Owner's reply: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your Wedding anniversary stay in The Bothy. So pleased you had a fabulous stay and enjoyed the comfort and tranquility of the cottage also taking time to enjoy our stunning North Antrim coastline. Do hope you will come back again. Warmest regards, April

“Best place ever”

Reviewed 12 Mar 2019

This was the best weekend I have had in a while the house is amazing and the house is so peaceful just what I needed can’t wait to book again

Owner's reply: Thank you Fiona for taking the time to write a review and we are so pleased to hear you had a lovely weekend enjoying the peace and comfort of The Bothy Hope to see you both again.

“Beautiful Bothy!!”

Reviewed 25 Oct 2018

Just perfect. The weather was gloomy and damp, inside was cosy and comfy!! Such a beautiful part of the coastline- stunning scenery and walks - cosy accommodation waiting at the end. The afternoon tea was a gorgeous treat along with freshly baked bread, marmalade and various other treats!! April was very welcoming and helpful!! A very relaxing break. We hope to return and explore some more of the coastline very soon!! Thanks so much. Xx

Owner's reply: I am delighted to hear that the damp and gloomy weather did not spoil your holiday and that you found The Bothy “Cosy and comfy”, the scenery stunning and that you hope to return. Warmest regards, April

“A lovely place to stay”

Reviewed 23 Sep 2018

My wife and I stayed for a week in this lovely characterful cottage. It has all the facilities you could want and was very quiet. There were a lot of extras which we weren't expecting including welcome afternoon tea, fresh eggs, homemade marmalade, firewood for the log burner, toiletries etc. It is very convenient for the north coast with its wonderful scenery and coastal footpath. The beds were very comfortable and it was great to have instant hot water and modern central heating. Whatever the weather, this was a great place to come home to.

Owner's reply: It was lovely meeting you both and I am very happy to hear that you had a lovely holiday and enjoyed The Bothy and all it had to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back, when you return to explore more of the beautiful walks on the North Antrim coast. Warmest regards, April

“Cosy and warm in the Bothy”

Reviewed 29 Oct 2017

Most friendly and delicious welcome we have ever had. Cottage v comfy clean warm and cosy. Lots of helpful and interesting information around Location ideal as a hub for exploring Every cooking implement under the sun. If there was one thing to make it better for me (and this seems a bit churlish) it was that there was so much stuff In cupboards and on shelves there was almost no room for our food stocks There were 4 teapots of different sizes for example But come on it was brilliant!!!

Owner's reply: Thank you for your kind comments. It was lovely having you to stay and I'm glad that you found the Bothy a good location for exploring the wonderful North Antrim coastline.

“Gorgeous holiday cottage”

Reviewed 9 Jul 2017

The Bothy @ Balnaholish was a perfect place to stay for our trip to the causeway coast. April was there on our arrival with a lovely welcome and a homemade cream tea! A well appointed cottage with everything we needed and well situated for visiting the local sites. Thanks April & Neil

Owner's reply: Thank you Bel for your lovely review and it was a pleasure meeting you both. We have ordered the plants for the woods, which will make it even pretti Hope you will come back one day. Warmest regards, April

“A charming little cottage ,that will leave you wanting to return.”

Reviewed 29 Nov 2016

Stayed at The Bothy with my wife & friends for 3 nights .We arrived on a cold frosty night to a hearty fire & delicious home baked scones. Each room was lit with lamps & looked so cozy, within minutes of arriving you felt relaxed.There isn,t one thing that April has missed to make this charming cottage a little gem ,from beautiful painted furniture ,fresh flowers ,beautiful colour schemes in the bedrooms ,all the goodies in the kitchen & fridge ,nothing has been forgotten.Anyone who visits will most certainly want to return .Well Done April & Thank you ,we so enjoyed our stay, as did our friends & we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your lovely review of The Bothy at Balnaholish, it always brings a smile to my face when I hear that our guests enjoyed their stay and had everything they needed. Looking forward to welcoming you all back again, meanwhile have a wonderful Christmas. Warmest regards, April

“Beauty, Peace, Comfort - AMAZING”

Reviewed 7 Nov 2016

The cottage is a thing of beauty. Every room is extremely comfortable (the bed is heaven, the outside area beautiful, the garden amazing, the kitchen has everything you need and more, the fireplace and living room sooo cozy, the bathroom supercute) We absolutely loved every bit about being here. April was amazing providing lovely scones, tea, orange juice, fresh eggs, a cozy fire on arrival!!! It could not have been better. If you are looking to escape life and retreat into comfort and beauty, come to the Bothy! Thank you for our lovely stay, we will definitely be back!!!! :)

Owner's reply: Such a lovely and much appreciated review and we are so happy that you loved our little retreat ,enjoying the peace and tranquillity and all we have to offer. Please come back soon! Warmest regards, April

“Brilliant base to explore Northern Ireland”

Reviewed 19 Jul 2016

After a long journey it was wonderful to be greeted by April to our wonderful cottage. The welcome touches were fabulous, homemade bread, marmalade, muesli not to mention eggs, butter and freshly cut flowers. The cottage is beautifully equipped and the beds so comfortable. A lovely cottage which we will return to.

Owner's reply: It was lovely meeting you all and I am so pleased that you loved our little cottage and all it had to offer. Brilliant to hear you will be back and we look forward to welcoming you again. Thank you for leaving the cottage so tidy, it makes such a difference to my day! Warmest regards April

“Perfect in every way.”

Reviewed 4 Mar 2015

What can I say, apart from sorry this review took so long April. You were the perfect host, baking for our arrival, and providing breakfast for the next day. The cottage was beautiful, warm and very comfortable. Lots of storage, and parking. I would say this place makes the perfect base for touring the Northern coast by bike, or just getting away to a quiet corner of NI. Should I return to NI, I know exactly where I'll be staying.

Owner's reply: It is great to hear from you and thank you for your kind review. So pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you hope to come back again. Warmest regard, April

Review 1-10 of 107


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Send April (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view April the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Or send April (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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You can also request a quote from April (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

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You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your holiday booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my holiday?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. April (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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How can I retract my booking request?

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Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send April (the owner) a message.

If April (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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